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C’est la Vie
Throughout his 40-year career, Francis Cabrel—the greatest French singer-songwriter of his generation—has woven strands of folk, blues, jazz, rock and pop into iconic songs of relationships, protest and social commentary. On his 13th studio album, he is in fine form, casting a mature artist’s eye on romantic and paternal love, politics, heroism, xenophobia, war and faith—in short, on life. "Dur come fer" (Hard as Iron), lampoons politicians: “The speaker says he’ll change our lives,” he observes, “but in his gilded palace he’s likely to forget us." The album’s featured hero appears in "Mandela, pendant ce temps" (Mandela, Meanwhile…), where jail time is measured against freedom: “My child,” the lyric asks, “think of everything you have done in your 27 years/Imagine, all this time, Mandela on his prison cot.” The bonus track "Les fontaines du jazz" (The Wellsprings of Jazz) pays homage to idols like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, while the title track, "In Extremis" (At the Last Moment), highlights a favorite cause—the defense of Occitan, a romance language struggling to survive in southern France. "Dans chaque coeur" (In Every Heart) describes Jesus on the cross—inspired, Cabrel says, by his Catholicism and also by the modern hymns of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Like the composers he admires, Cabrel’s own songs have become the soundtrack of countless lives.


Genre: French Pop

Varied as it is, the music of Francis Cabrel never strays far from his basic songwriting tools: the acoustic guitar and gentle reflections on life. His clear voice and clean guitar are ever the focus of his songs. Around this core he weaves contemporary folk, blues rock, French pop, smooth jazz, and even classical sounds. His lyrics have received much attention among French-speaking audiences and critics, and his albums sell well in those circles. His style has also sparked a revival of interest...
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In Extremis, Francis Cabrel
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: French Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: Apr 27, 2015

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